Over the last few years we've changed and adapted. The basics are still the same - we aim to create a warm, caring, fun vibe where Travellers can relax and meet others, share stories, have experiences and for some that means staying quite awhile. We continue to welcome Travellers to come and stay both short & slightly longer term. If you want to stay for a few week's or even a month, which can be a great way to start your NZ/Aotearoa experience or to take a break mid way and foster closer relationships then this possible. There is lots of work in Nelson all year round within walking distance from the hostel or ride share - cafe, admin, horticulture, in the port & for fishing companies, painting & working in construction. If you work on-line or are a student we have fast WIFI & spaces to work in.
We have become well known for this nightly treat .....
Hot Chocolate pudding (vegan friendly) & ice cream served every evening, every night of the year @ 8pm. Sometimes ... there is a fruit crumble instead. A nice vibe is created thru this daily ritual which draws people together.
Free Super-fast Wifi for working/study or connecting.
Reliable, fast WIFI means you can come stay for a month or more & work and/or study or use to connect with family & friends.
Nelson has sooooo many great outdoor options - biking, hiking, swimming, skate boarding, playing football, touch, doing yoga .... we love to share different ideas with you.
Log Fire, Hot Water Bottles, Warm Duvets
Winter is a great time to stay with roaring log fire every night, hot water bottles, warm duvets and extra blankets, Great vibe. Lots of work in Nelson over Winter. Sometimes there is yoga on offer, football in the park, quiz and movie nights.
It's Spring time and the Magnolia tree is flowering and it's getting warmer. The crazy times of covid is somewhat of a distant memory. We've just said good bye to Arno who has been a big part of TBB and on Front Desk for the last year and a half. I am away quite a lot. You will find my co-workers, Henk-Jan, Fran, & Blake running TBB with our amazing Exchange Workers, are all dedicated to making TBB a great place.
2023 has seen so many new & returning travellers coming to stay for varying lengths of time - it's very exciting. We love seeing you all so please do come back and come stay.
We are (still) adjusting to being busy again and have been painting and doing some much needed maintenance that was more difficult to do during the pandemic with so many longer stay travellers and limited funds.
We still like to think our Hostel might be like your favourite café - a place where you feel relaxed, comfortable and safe, there is good music playing (whether that be ours or current guests playing guitar or other instruments), people are friendly and the atmosphere is just right. A place which feels good to be in, a place where you might have a coffee, a glass of wine, play a game, do some yoga, share stories, have a few laughs. A place which is a little like home & as one guest wrote, who was with us for lockdown 2020 - "maybe the first home you have every really had". We are not a Flashpackers - relationships and caring for each other come first. Our walls are a bit thin, some rooms need paint touch ups, the furniture is second hand - so if you come stay please know this and come for the vibe, the relationships you will build, the care you will feel.
Please do keep coming - we are very grateful to have continued support from the traveller community. Georgie